Dale Launderville, OSB


Professor of Theology
Chair, Department of Theology
Chaplain, School of Theology·Seminary

Dean, School of Theology·Seminary, 1989-1999
Rector, Saint John's Seminary, 1992-1997

B.A., Saint John's University, 1973; M.Div., 1979; M.A., The Catholic University of America, 1982; Ph.D., 1987

Recent courses taught

THEO 200, Philosophy for Theology
THEO 395, Advanced Seminar in Theology

Recent publications

Celibacy in the Ancient World: Its Ideal and Practice in Pre-Hellenistic Israel, Mesopotamia, and Greece

(Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, July 2010).

Spirit and Reason: The Embodied Character of Ezekiel's Symbolic Thinking

(Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007).

Piety and Politics: The Dynamics of Royal Authority in Homeric Greece, Biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia

(Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003).

Six short articles for the syndicated "Faith Alive" series of the Catholic News Service in Washington, DC.

Review of Lester L. Grabbe and Alice Ogden Bellis (eds.), The Priests in the Prophets: The Portrayal of Priests, Prophets and Other Religious Specialists in the Latter Prophets (JSOTSup 408; London/New York: Clark, 2004). Pp. xii + 230. $115. CBQ 67 (October, 2005)

Review of Stephen L. Cook and Corrine L. Patton, eds., Ezekiel's Hierarchical World: Wrestling with a Tiered Reality (Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series 31; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2004), Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (forthcoming, 2005).

Old Testament Book Reviews for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly: October, 2004; January, 2005; April, 2005; July, 2005.


A talk entitled, "Religion and Politics: Ezekiel's Inaugural Vision in Light of His Neobabylonian Context and Parallels from the Greek Presocratics" presented at the Upper Midwest Regional SBL meeting in April, 2005.

A response to a paper at the Old Testament Biblical Colloquium in February, 2005.

 Formal responses to two papers in the Ezekiel Consultation of the Society of Biblical Literature national meeting in November, 2004.

Paper presented to the CBA continuing seminar, "Divinity in Ancient Israel and its World" in August, 2004, entitled: "The Sacrificial Logic of the Exile in the Book of Ezekiel."

Research grants

ATS Theological Scholars Grant for the Fall of 2005.

CSBSJU research grant for the Summer of 2005.


SJU Rank and Tenure Committee

SJU Board of Regents

Saint John's Abbey External Review Board

Chaplains' Team for Saint Benedict's Monastery